Fort Lee Criminal Defense Lawyers
Do you have a past criminal conviction on your record that is keeping you from finding employment now? Are you tired of having to explain an embarrassing mistake you made when you were younger?
You might not think you need to expunge an old arrest from when you were a teenager, but it might be the reason you’re not getting calls back from employers. If you want to move beyond your past, you need to expunge your criminal record. Even if the charge was dismissed, it doesn’t mean there’s not a record of the charge.
The attorneys of Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman, LLP, will make sure that all of the important details and paperwork are taken care of, so that you don’t have to worry about how your past is affecting your future any longer. Contact our New Jersey expungement lawyers today.
Expungement of Your Criminal Record
Until early 2010, it used to be that someone with a criminal record would have to wait 10 years to get an expungement.
Under the new New Jersey law a court may grant an expungement order if:
- Five years have passed since the later of your date of conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration
- You have not since been convicted of any crime, disorderly person’s offense or petty disorderly person’s offense
- You can persuade the court that the expungement “is in the public interest, giving due consideration to the nature of the offense, and the applicant’s character and conduct since conviction”
Some charges of a more serious nature cannot be expunged, including:
- Criminal homicide
- Aggravated sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual contact
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Arson and related offenses
- Perjury and conspiracies
A significant amount of paperwork is required to have a crime expunged from your record and you must send a number of copies of your request for expungement to various organizations, including the FBI and Attorney General. Further, you have to provide proof of all certified mail in sending these copies.
If one small, procedural mistake is made in this process, it’s back to square one.
Rather than putting yourself through what will be a stressful process, you need an attorney who is able to effectively and efficiently complete the process on your behalf. We can take care of most of it over the phone.
Review Marc Leibman’s article Changes to New Jersey Expungement Law for additional information on expungement in New Jersey.
Put Your Past Behind You
Our attorneys have been doing expungements for 15 years. With the help of our efficient and friendly staff, if there’s a way to expunge a criminal charge, we can get your record expunged quickly. If there is a challenge to your petition for expungement, we are able to litigate in favor of its approval.
Take control of your future by letting go of your past mistakes. Contact our Fort Lee criminal defense attorneys today to discuss expunging your criminal record.